Sarasota Teen Shot Over Confederate Apparel, Police Say

Sarasota Herald-Tribune, April 25, 2009

A Sarasota Military Academy student has been arrested in the shooting of another teenager in downtown Sarasota Friday night.

Police say Michael J. Mitchell, 18, shot Dan. A. Azeff, 18, in the chest at about 10:40 p.m. Friday in the 1900 block of Main Street. Azeff, a student at Sarasota High School, was flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, where he is listed in serious but stable condition.

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Mitchell and Azeff were walking down Main Street last night, both with separate groups of friends. The two did not know each other. Azeff was wearing a hat with a Confederate flag on it and carrying a Confederate flag. Mitchell confronted Azeff, reportedly asking him if he was a racist. The two got into an argument and Mitchell pulled out a gun and shot Azeff once in the chest.

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Michael J. Mitchell, of Sarasota Military Academy.

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